Goal: Reflect on your time back to school

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful!

“To teach is to learn twice over.” – Joseph Joubert

Goal: Reflect on your time back to school. What have your new group of learners taught you? What have been your successes? What challenges are you still facing and trying to find solutions. Write a blog post and write down your thoughts in a journal and share with at least one person.

My Reflection

Most of us have been back to school for a month or more. This year my students have reminded me once again how each batch of learners are different even though I have been teaching since 1996. My college students this year have helped me rethink classroom management, the function and form of the syllabus, my homework policies, and the way I give feedback.

What I’ve learned so far this year ….

The number one lesson I have learned from my new students is flexibility and to be open to my students’ input more about the curriculum. Often, we plan the curriculum ahead of time and we don’t understand where are students are at, yet, and the right path to get them there. In college there is more flexibility in making changes to the curriculum than when I taught in elementary and high school. We still have a framework of what we need to learn, but now the readings, materials, and way we get there (including the pace) are open to tweaks and changes.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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